before and after: library transformation

A current project that I have fallen in love with is coming to life and almost near completion. One of my favorite rooms in the home is the study, a second floor retreat for my client to read, send notes written or digitally and even watch a little TV. Our goal was to surround the room with books creating floor to ceiling, wall to wall bookshelves housing an eclectic collection of inspiring reading material. The transformation is quite dramatic. Here’s where we started.

Palm tree drapery and bright orange walls. Wow! With those elements removed, fabulous windows, blonde maple floors and a large open space we had the perfect base to bring the room to this…..

The view of the study as you enter the room. Inviting and calm, filled with a passion of reading.

Keeping the floor and millwork the same colour the books become the focus, alongside the traditional area carpet adding colour and texture to the room.

Wall sconces and art hanging directly off the millwork add dimensional elements.

This image reminds me that one of my goals this summer is to read a book. Crazy I know but my ‘extra’ time has been so limited lately that reading has been far removed from my schedule. *sigh*

You can see more of this space in the latest issue of Dabble Mag where you’ll find insights and information on Custom Millwork.

Photography: Lori Andrews. Contractor: Foothills Renovations.

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Comments 12

  1. Wow! Wow, wow, wow! Fantastic work! (And congrats on the Western Living nomination.)

  2. How beautiful!! Such an amazing transformation. This is my new dream study!

  3. Nyla such a wonderful transformation…you have done a beautiful job once again. Your such a gifted designer!

  4. Wow this is incredible Nyla! Custom wood work is just one of the very best ways to bring a space to life and add such an incredible sense of character and richness. Well done!

  5. Gee I kinda liked the orange and palm trees… ;)

    Wonderful work Nyla …an amazing transformation!!

  6. The sconces mounted on the built-in cabinets and persian rug are touches that I am totally digging!

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE the frames hung overtop. With a room like this one, I’d get so much more work done!

  8. Brenda Fischer

    Nyla, what a beautiful transformation! Congratulations on the Western Living nomination also. Kudos to you!

  9. You can give me that room any day. What an inspiring room to work in and lots of light. Love the sconces attached to the bookshelfs. Well done Nyla as always.

  10. Fantastic!!! What a transformation.

  11. So fresh and gorgeous, love all the details.


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